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Bookkeeper position

Its time to fall into a new career positionHickory Bookkeeper
A bookkeeper’s position requires you to be responsible for a full range of
bookkeeping and general administrative duties.


·         General Ledger

·         Payroll Services, including payroll tax reporting

·         Sales tax services

·         Journal Entry preparation and recording

·         Financial Statements

·         Bank and Credit Card Reconciliation

·         AP/AR Management, including invoicing and collections

·         Data Entry

·         Support to other administrative functions, as required

Required Qualifications:

·         Associate’s Degree in Accounting

•        Proficiency in Excel, Word and QuickBooks

•        2 years of full charge bookkeeping experience – Preferred

•        Organizational skills

•        Detail-oriented

•        High level of professionalism and business ethics

This is a full-time in-house position that offers the opportunity to contribute to your growth and success. This firm supports a professional environment with a business casual dress code.
Rink & Robinson is a certified public accounting firm providing services to the Hickory and western North Carolina area for over 59 years. We are known for specializing in services such as: tax return preparation, payroll and bookkeeping preparation, auditing, new business consults, financial & estate planning.


ATTENTION: Bookkeeper
Please email resumes:  francis@mrinkcpa.com

Fax resumes: 828-322-5816


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St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day


On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.

Much of what is known about Patrick’s legendary life comes from the Confessio, a book he wrote during his last years. Born in Great Britain, probably in Scotland, to a well-to-do Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick was captured and enslaved at age 16 by Irish marauders. For the next six years, he worked as a herder in Ireland, turning to a deepening religious faith for comfort. Following the counsel of a voice he heard in a dream one night, he escaped and found passage on a ship to Britain, where he was eventually reunited with his family.

According to the Confessio, in Britain Patrick had another dream, in which an individual named Victoricus gave him a letter, entitled “The Voice of the Irish.” As he read it, Patrick seemed to hear the voices of Irishmen pleading him to return to their country and walk among them once more. After studying for the priesthood, Patrick was ordained a bishop. He arrived in Ireland in 433 and began preaching the Gospel, converting many thousands of Irish and building churches around the country. After 40 years of living in poverty, teaching, traveling and working tirelessly, Patrick died on March 17, 461 in Saul, where he had built his first church.

Since that time, countless legends have grown up around Patrick. Made the patron saint of Ireland, he is said to have baptized hundreds of people on a single day, and to have used a three-leaf clover–the famous shamrock–to describe the Holy Trinity. In art, he is often portrayed trampling on snakes, in accordance with the belief that he drove those reptiles out of Ireland. For thousands of years, the Irish have observed the day of Saint Patrick’s death as a religious holiday, attending church in the morning and celebrating with food and drink in the afternoon. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade, though, took place not in Ireland, but the United States, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City in 1762. As the years went on, the parades became a show of unity and strength for persecuted Irish-American immigrants, and then a popular celebration of Irish-American heritage. The party went global in 1995, when the Irish government began a large-scale campaign to market St. Patrick’s Day as a way of driving tourism and showcasing Ireland’s many charms to the rest of the world. Today, March 17 is a day of international celebration, as millions of people around the globe put on their best green clothing to drink beer, watch parades and toast the luck of the Irish

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Beer Tax

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NC-Sales Tax Laws- Change 3/1/2016

NC-Sales Tax Laws- Change 3/1/2016

North Carolina Department of Revenue

Automotive, Repair, Maintenance, Installation, etc.

Effective March 1, 2016, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-164.4(a)(16) imposes the general 4.75% State rate of sales and use tax “to the sales price of or the gross receipts derived from repair, maintenance, and installation services” sold at retail and sourced to the State. The applicable local (2.00% or 2.25%) and applicable transit (0.50%) rates of sales and use tax also apply to the sales price of or the gross receipts derived from such services.

Defined by activities such as: to keep or attempt to keep tangible personal property or a motor vehicle in working order to avoid breakdown and prevent repairs or to install or apply tangible personal property except tangible personal property installed or applied by a real property contractor pursuant to a real property contract. ~ for more information call our office.

An example: A person engaged in business in the state of selling appliances at retail is a retailer. Any charges by such person on or after March 1, 2016 for a service call for troubleshooting only is a charge for repair, maintenance, and installation services and is subject to tax.

A sampling of services generally considered repair, maintenance,
and installation services are listed below.

•Reupholster boats.
•Re-string or re-grip tennis rackets, golf clubs, or musical instruments.
•Tune pianos or other musical instruments.
•Repair laptops, cell phones, remove viruses/malware, conduct diagnostic tests, or adjust computer settings.

*This is a sampling*
If you would like further information,
please call our office.*

Please note there are some exemptions to this NEW statute like:

pressure washing
housekeeping of real property
and more!

NC Department of Revenue has posted new laws and are effective immediately!

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Looking for an accountant?

Looking for an accountant in the Hickory North Carolina area?

 Finding an Accountant Can Lead to Big Tax Savings

If you’re like most Americans you probably have a good handle on completing your taxes on your own. Over the years it has become incredibly easy for anyone with a computer thanks to Tax software for the home office to file your own taxes.  For those of you with relatively simple tax circumstances, this is the ideal way to go.   But what about those with slightly more complex financial situations? Sure, there are more robust versions of tax software available such as TurboTax’s Home & Business, Property Manager, and so on. These solutions go into greater depth to help you, but is it the best choice for you?

True Tax Story

As soon as John was on his own, he began using tax software to do his own taxes. He used both TurboTax and H&R Block’s software many times and both got the job done great. For a few years during college his finances were simple and his income and deductions were trivial.  Those were the good ol’ days. As time went on his finances started to get a little more complicated. For a few years he was a member of an LLC in addition to working part-time. This created a few unique scenarios that made doing his taxes a little more complicated, yet he was still comfortable in handling it on his own. As the years went on he moved on to where he and his wife had regular salary jobs, no house, no kids, no odd circumstances, so doing his taxes again became as easy as sitting down at the computer for an hour and plugging in a few numbers.

Then, things started to change as John started to dabble in freelance work and other self-employment ventures. The first few years were easy because it was more of a hobby and the income and expenses generated from the freelance work were trivial. As time went on, more sources of income started coming in, and additional expenses started adding up, his tax returns became more of a nightmare. Sure, the software could still handle it, but he was spending more time tracking down documents, receipts, and trying to find deductions because the tax bill at the end of the year was growing significantly. One year after plugging in all of the data into the tax software, it said he owed the IRS nearly $4,000. That’s impossible, John thought. He had as much taken out of their paychecks as possible through work, and was paying estimated quarterly taxes, and was itemizing deductions so that he could deduct as much as possible. There had to be a glitch in the software or he was missing something, so he plugged the numbers in over and over for about a week straight only to come to the same result.

With that, John knew it was time to seek professional help. He asked around with some friends and co-workers about CPAs that specialize in small businesses and self-employed taxpayers, and made a few calls around and interviewed a few of them. So, he set up an appointment with us.  After sitting down with a Rink & Robinson staff member for about an hour discussing his situation, looking over some numbers, and doing some calculations we knew we could help John.  A few days later John was thrilled when he received a call from our office that he only owed $2,500.  So at the end of the arduous process, Rink & Robinson, PLLC saved John $1,500. Sure, the cost of having us do his taxes cost $300 at a savings of $1,200.  John says, “This is the best money~ he’s ever spent” Rink & Robinson will continue to do John’s work.

We shared this story just to give you one scenario where making the move to hire a professional can be a good decision.  John was a savvy guy when it came to finances, but admits that sometimes the professionals need to be part of the equation because of all the changes that occur year after year.  Most people think that they have enough knowledge with the assistance of tax preparation software to get the job done correctly, but clearly someone who does this stuff for a living can still do a better job in the long run.  Generally it is more cost effective to hire a professional in their field to seek out services than to try to attempt it on your own.  If you have a leak, you call a plumber.  If you have an electrical problem, you call an electrician- so forth and so on.  While it was the right decision for John it may or may not be the right decision for you.

 When Should You Consider Hiring an Accountant For Your Taxes?

There is a difference between an accountant and just a tax preparer. As tax season kicks into gear you’ll begin to see advertisements pop up with tax preparers in your area who will do your taxes for you at a cost. Keep in mind that when dealing with one of these places you probably aren’t going to get a full-blown accountant or CPA. Instead, you’ll likely have someone who is qualified to handle returns, but they will likely do little more than ask you the same questions that software you buy on your own does and then plug in the numbers. While it’s nice to get some one-on-one time with someone, you also want to keep in mind that this person is more or less just trying to get your taxes done, not assess your financial situation and help you put together tax strategies going forward. So remember, there are accountants that do taxes, and there are people who do taxes that aren’t accountants.

Here are a few scenarios when it might make sense to start looking for professional tax help:

  1. You own a business.

Self-employed individuals stand to see the greatest return when hiring an accountant. Running a business presents a lot of unique situations that can have a significant impact on your taxes. Being self-employed also opens the door for a new world of deductions, credits, and retirement account planning that you may not be used to. While you can certainly find this information online, having someone who does this for a living will save you time and maybe even some money. In addition to just helping you find all the available deductions and paying the IRS as little as possible an accountant can be tremendously helpful in working with you to structure your business as best as possible, putting together a plan for the future to help you take advantage of tax breaks in the coming year, and being there for you if you encounter problems down the road.

  1. Going through a major life change.

If you’ve been plugging alone for the past few years with basically the same financial situation there’s obviously little need to pay someone to do what you’re already comfortable doing. But when you encounter a major life-changing event in the middle of a tax year it could lead to an unpleasant surprise come tax time. Getting married, divorced, changing jobs, having children, receiving an inheritance, preparing to retire, etc. These are the things that can change your financial situation in a heartbeat and if you aren’t prepared it could end up costing you dearly.

  1. Real estate or taxable investment dealings.

Do you own a rental property? If so, an accountant will be your best friend. Owning a rental opens up a lot of special tax situations that you’ll surely want to take advantage of and make sure you aren’t making any mistakes. The same thing can go for just buying and selling a home or other real estate. While the laws are pretty straightforward, it’s usually a large transaction in terms of dollars so you want to make sure you’re doing everything properly. Finally, let’s not forget tracking gains and losses on taxable investments. If you buy and sell stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or anything else throughout the year in a taxable account you’re going to have a lot of things to consider. Long-term vs. short-term gains and losses, dividends taxed at a different rate, cost basis, the wash rule, and so on. Sure, you can do this on your own, but how much time will it take and are you sure you’ll catch everything? The time saved by hiring a professional alone may pay for itself.

Don’t Be Afraid to Get Help

For people who like to and are proud of doing things themselves it can be difficult to make the decision to seek outside help. Don’t let that get in the way of doing what’s best for your finances. Sure, the majority of people will be just fine doing their own taxes. If that’s you, grab the latest edition of TurboTax or H&R Block At Home. It’s still the easiest and cheapest way to do your taxes. But for those of you who may have finances that are a little more complex, are self-employed, or would otherwise just like to outsource your tax preparation don’t be afraid to get a professional to help. At most it will probably only cost a couple hundred dollars compared to buying software and e-filing yourself, and chances are you save that much or more on deductions and tax strategies you overlooked by doing it on your own. Whatever you do, make sure you get an early start so you don’t miss the tax filing deadline!

Rink & Robinson, PLLC can give you a free consultation to help determine whether or not you need a professional to do your taxes. We are available Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturdays during tax season.

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CPA Hickory NC is honored

Certified Public Accountant – Michael E. Rink of Rink & Robinson, PLLC was recognized on January 6, 2016 for five years of service as a board member with the Catawba County United Way.  Mr. Rink has been proud to serve with others and supports the mission of the Catawba County United Way.

Michael wants those to know that the vision of Catawba County United Way is to be the most effective and efficient organization that identifies and prioritizes the greatest unmet human needs in the community, focuses human compassion, and mobilizes resources to meet those needs.  He says that the Catawba County United Way has brought together people and resources to build a safety net to help meet the needs of our friends, neighbors, co-workers and families.  A constant reminder that when we as individuals think outside ourselves, we have the power to facilitate change. When we think of others’ lives as linked to our own, our compassion grows. When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. We build the strength of our neighborhoods. We bolster the health of our communities. And we change the lives of those who walk by us every day.

Rink & Robinson, PLLC encourages its staff members and
clients of the Hickory community to give to the United Way.
Rink & Robinson, PLLC is proud to recognize and honor their local CPA  Hickory NC as a proud sponsor of the Catawba County United Way.  For further information about our commitment to our local Catawba County United Way chapter – please call:  828-322-5813
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Recognized for 40 Years of Service

Congratulations to Michael Rink for 40 years of volunteer service! Michael was recognized on Saturday December 12th at Lake Hickory Club while attending Hickory Rescue Squad’s annual Christmas party.

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Job Opening- accountant

The staff members’ duties and responsibilities are for various client projects including corporate, individual tax return preparation, assistance with client IRS issues, tax planning, financial statement preparation, and practice development.


The candidate must have a four-year degree in Accounting.

  • Financial Statement Preparation
  • Tax – Research & Planning
  • Tax – Partnership
  • Tax – Multi-state
  • Tax – Individual
  • Tax – Corporate
  • Fixed Assets / Depreciation
  • CCH (Pro-Systems fx): Tax, Trial Balance, and Fixed Assets
  • QuickBooks
  • Microsoft Office (Word & Excel)
  • Standard Office Equipment
  • Learn & adhere to firm procedures and policies

Applicants must be strategic thinkers, adept in problem solving, possess a strong work ethic and pay special attention to detail while working in a fast-paced professional environment.

**Knowledge of Pro-Systems Tax, Trial Balance, Fixed Assets, and CCH Client Accounting suite is a major plus!
Partnership opportunity available


Email: francis@mrinkcpa.com

Job Opening-accountant

We are an equal opportunity employer

Career Opportunities

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Tax Preparation Service

Starting in October, Rink & Robinson, PLLC staff members meet on a weekly basis to review upcoming information for 2016.  As valuable updates are received for the 2016 tax season, our planning begins.   Staff members strategize and work together as a team to find solutions for Rink & Robinson, PLLC clients. During this time of year, our team members participate in continuing education to equip themselves with information and changes for the upcoming tax season.   Continued professional education classes are time-consuming but necessary to provide our customers with the highest level of service.  When tax season 2016 arrives, Rink & Robinson, PLLC will have all the tools necessary to provide services to its existing and potential clients.

Rink & Robinson, PLLC provide tax preparation services all year
along with a variety of other business and individual services.

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A nice addition to our community!

Rink & Robinson, PLLC recognizes the fabulous contribution to the city of Hickory by Robert Lackey in memory of his wife- Deidra.   His gift will hopefully inspire others to continue to see the importance of developing our green space.  This will be a nice sanctuary for Hickory locals to share in its beauty.